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Cluster of recent quakes at Akutan Island (USGS)
Sunday, Jan 13, 2013
Small earthquakes have recently occurred beneath Akutan volcano during the past week, Earthquake-Report.com mentioned. The earthquakes continue at a low, but regular rate of occurrence. ... [more]
 

Akutan volcano

Stratovolcano 1303 m / 4,275 ft
Aleutian Islands, USA, 54.13°N / -165.99°W
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5)
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Last update: 13 Jan 2013 (small earthquake swarms)
Typical eruption style: unspecified
Akutan volcano eruptions: 1992
TimeMag. / DepthDistanceLocation
Thu, 15 Nov
Thu, 15 Nov 18:13 UTCM 4.6 / 84.1 km40 km- 16km E of Unalaska, Alaska
Thu, 8 Nov
Thu, 8 Nov 06:04 UTCM 1.0 / 8.4 km22 km- 5km NW of Dutch Harbor, Alaska
Tue, 30 Oct
Tue, 30 Oct 12:45 UTCM 0.7 / 6.6 km33 km- 9km NE of Dutch Harbor, Alaska
Fri, 19 Oct
Fri, 19 Oct 10:25 UTCM 2.5 / 7.4 km2 km- 13km W of Akutan, Alaska
Thu, 18 Oct
Thu, 18 Oct 12:18 UTCM 0.7 / 6.4 km2 km- 12km W of Akutan, Alaska
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Akutan volcano is one of the most active stratovolcanoes of the Aleutian arc. The volcano has a 2-km-wide caldera with an active intracaldera cone.

Background:

An older, largely buried caldera was formed during the late Pleistocene or early Holocene. Two volcanic centers are located on the NW flank. Lava Peak is of Pleistocene age, and a cinder cone lower on the flank produced a lava flow in 1852 that extended the shoreline of the island and forms Lava Point. The 60-365 m deep younger caldera was formed during a major explosive eruption about 1600 years ago and contains at least three lakes. The currently active large cinder cone in the NE part of the caldera has been the source of frequent explosive eruptions with occasional lava effusion that blankets the caldera floor. A lava flow in 1978 traveled through a narrow breach in the north caldera rim almost to the coast. Fumaroles occur at the base of the caldera cinder cone, and hot springs are located NE of the caldera at the head of Hot Springs Bay valley and along the shores of Hot Springs Bay.
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